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California’s PCR crunch ‘just the beginning’

Published: April 20, 2022
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Empty PET bottles for recycling.

To meet California’s 15% PCR rate by 2022, U.S. reclaimers need an aggregate additional output of 800,000 tons of food-grade post-consumer PET and PE.  | monticello/Shutterstock

A report from Independent Commodity Intelligence Services found that there’s not enough post-consumer resin in the U.S. market to meet California’s mandates, and there are more state mandates coming on-line soon. 

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Analysts say higher PCR prices are the new normal

Published: April 6, 2022
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Markets panel speakers at the 2022 Plastics Recycling Conference

In a session moderated by Roxanne Spiekerman (left), resin markets experts Marcelo Wasem (center) and Joel Morales (right) presented their analysis to attendees at the 2022 Plastics Recycling Conference. | Brian Adams Photo/Resource Recycling, Inc.

Post-consumer HDPE and PP prices have been hot lately, and they’re likely to stay that way given consistently strong demand and relatively slow supply increases, according to one market expert.

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Indorama to invest $8 billion in chemical recycling and more

Published: March 30, 2022
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Indorama company building in Jarkarta, Indonesia.

Over the next several years Indorama will invest over $8 billion in chemical recycling and bio-derived plastics. | CAHYADI SUGI/Shutterstock

Chasing its sustainability goals, global PET producer Indorama is going to spend $8 billion over the next eight years to help scale up chemically recycled and bio-based plastics.

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How private equity has boosted various links in value chain

Published: March 16, 2022
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Greg Johnson, Evergreen’s general manager of resin and recycling, presents at the Plastics Recycling Conference last week. | Brian Adams Photography

When private equity fund The Sterling Group acquired Evergreen, staff at the PET reclaimer were nervous, Greg Johnson included.

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The Recycling Partnership rolls out grant program for PET

Published: March 16, 2022
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PET bottles for recycling.

The PET Recycling Coalition will launch in the next few months and will provide grants to MRFs and other facilities to increase the capture of PET beyond bottles. | Kwangmoozaa/Shutterstock

The Recycling Partnership will launch a PET Recycling Coalition to find solutions for common recycling challenges, a representative of the nonprofit group announced at last week’s Plastics Recycling Conference.

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Recycling firm looking to tech to grow plastics recovery

Published: March 7, 2022
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Rendering of Rumpke's facility in Columbus, Ohio.

Set to open in 2024, Rumpke’s 200,000-square-foot MRF will be built on 25 acres the company purchased almost a decade ago. | Courtesy of Rumpke

Rumpke Waste and Recycling’s new $50 million materials recovery facility is designed to adapt, with plans for the Columbus, Ohio site putting a specific focus on PET.

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Republic Services moves to vertically integrate in plastics

Published: March 1, 2022
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Plastics processing in Republic's Las Vegas recycling facility.

Plastics being handled at Republic Services’ existing materials recovery facility (MRF) in North Las Vegas, Nev. The company’s Polymer Center will be sited seven miles from the MRF. | Courtesy of Republic Services

North America’s second-largest hauler and recycling processor is constructing a facility in Las Vegas that will produce recycled PET flake and provide a deeper sort of recovered olefins.

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Evergreen acquires two more PET recycling plants

Published: February 9, 2022
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Evergreen PET recycling facility.

Evergreen has spent a total of $200 million on three recent acquisitions and an expansion to the company’s original Clyde, Ohio location. | Courtesy of Evergreen

To meet growing demand, PET reclaimer Evergreen recently bought a pair of facilities and added another extruder to an expansion project.

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Report: PET recycling improving in EU

Published: February 2, 2022
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PET bales stacked for recycling.

Research estimates that in 2020 in Europe, 2.4 million tons of PET was recycled into 1.7 million tons of flake. | Menzl Guenter/Shutterstock

The European PET market is making progress toward a circular industry but needs to improve collection rates, according to a new report.
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ALPLA, Klockner Pentaplast expanding RPET capacity

Published: February 2, 2022
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Cornerstone ceremony for the new PET recycling plant PLANETA of ALPLA and Coca-Cola FEMSA in the municipality of Cunduacán. In the picture (from left to right): José Friedrich García Mallitz, secretary for the economic development and competitiveness of the State of Tabasco; Guillermo Arturo del Rivero León, secretary of the government of Tabasco; Carlos Torres Ballesteros, ALPLA managing director for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean; John Santa Maria, chief executive officer of Coca-Cola FEMSA; and Abraham Cano, mayor of Cunduacan.

Executives pose at a ceremony for a new PET recycling plant backed by packaging company ALPLA and Coca-Cola FEMSA in Cunduacán, Mexico. | Copyright: ALPLA

RPET capacity is expanding in North America, with two companies announcing new facilities or machinery that will add up to 110 million pounds of RPET to the market.

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